A gay British pop star has worn rainbow on Polish TV to fight for LGBTI rights.
Olly Alexander, from the band Years & Years, appeared on The Voice of Poland yesterday (19 November).
And his entire costume was made out of rainbow colors.
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It may be a response to last week when Polish President Andrzej Duda said he would support a ban of ‘homosexual propaganda.’
He said: ‘I think that this kind of propaganda should not take place in schools, it has to be calmly and consistently opposed.’
He then said: ‘If such a law was created and would be well written, I do not exclude that I would approach it seriously.’
Following this, Queer.pl called on Olly to wear a rainbow on national television.
‘Aaa! Years and Years in The Voice of Poland this Saturday!’ they tweeted.
‘Sending love from Polish LGBTQ community. We’d love to see a rainbow on our national TV, can we count on you Olly?’
Campaign for rainbow love
This prompted a campaign from Polish LGBTIs hoping Olly would show some love.
‘We are very happy that Olly heard our and our readers’ message,’ Magda Dropek said.
‘The LGBTQ community in Poland doesn’t have equal rights, we don’t have civil partnerships or same-sex marriages, and homophobic and transphobic hate crimes are not barred in our penal code. There’s no anti-discrimination education in schools.
‘We still face many difficulties, especially in our current political situation. That’s why any gesture of solidarity is very important for us. ‘
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It was also important because the director of Polish national television, Jacek Kurski, once said same-sex couples can’t be shown in dating shows.
The director said he would not allow First Dates to show a same-sex couple because Polish law says ‘family is a union between a man and a woman’.
First Dates Poland and The Voice of Poland share the same network.
In Poland, same-sex discrimination is illegal, but there is no legal recognition of same-sex marriage.
Olly wore rainbows another time.
wait for it… pic.twitter.com/CJCqPW7LLq
— ⚘ (@ifyouoverme) November 18, 2018
Fans loved it
Viewers applauded Olly’s choice in clothes.
thank you for wearing this rainbow outfit! we need it in polish TV 🌈
— dominika (@dominiqs12) November 17, 2018
i love how @alexander_olly wore nothing but rainbows for his performances on polish tv. we stan a gay king. homophobic poland is shaking
— dominika | kjh 🌹 (@jjin__ki) November 18, 2018
Olly tweeted thanks to his fans.
‘Thanks Queer.Pl for your support and all the Polish bbs who asked me to wear a rainbow ❤️🧡💜💙💛’